With Major League Baseball in a work stoppage, we look back at previous NHL work stoppages and try to decide if it was worth it in the end. The NHL trade deadline is less than two weeks away. While it might not be a busy deadline, we look at which bubble playoff teams should be buyers or sellers and which players could be on the move. The San Jose Sharks enter the Elimination Station. With San Jose on the other side of a closed window, but with many of the same players still under contract, where can they go from here? Lastly, we pick theRead More →

Canada won hockey gold! Which more than makes up for an underwhelming men’s tournament. Which will have to tide us over until a summer version of the World Junior Hockey Championship. Thank you for using our idea IIHF! Jack Eichel returned, but not with the splash that Nick predicted. The Toronto Maple Leafs made two deals with the Arizona Coyotes this week, picking up Ryan Dzingel and Carter Hutton. But why? The Calgary Flames and Sidney Crosby are the best of the week. While officiating takes the seat for the worst of the week. The New Jersey Devils enter the Elimination Station. With Dougie HamiltonRead More →

Between Valentine’s Day, the Super Bowl and a busy week of hockey news, we’ve got a jammed packed episode for you! Canada and the USA are ready for another gold medal matchup in the Olympics. With Canada winning round 1 in the tournament, what does the US have to do to bring home the gold? The Montreal Canadiens were hard at work first firing Dominique Ducharme and signing Martin St. Louis as their interm head coach and then trading Tyler Toffoli to the Calgary Flames. Were both moves a win for the team? How will Toffoli fit in with the Flames? Jack Eichel is makingRead More →

The women’s Olympic hockey tournament is well under way, leading to many sleepless nights. We recap a spectacular game between Canada and the USA, COVID difficulties and an increasing in the physical side of the game. The NHL All Star weekend is behind us and we review the highs (Trevor Zegras) and the lows (deadtime on the broadcast). The Chicago Blackhawks’ chairman of the board refuses to discuss their controversial actions uncovered earlier this year. Which leads us to welcome them to the Elimination Station later. Pat Verbeek was named the GM of the Anaheim Ducks, with Scott Niedermayer joining the fray as well. WhatRead More →

The NHL is pulling out all of the stops for the NHL All Star Game in Las Vegas, including the Fountain Face Off and Blackjack. What else could make the Vegas skills competition even better? Evander Kane has finally made it to the Edmonton Oilers. So, where will it take them? The Arizona Coyotes are exploring the option of sharing a 5000 seat arena with Arizona State. Is this actually a viable option? Aaron Dell broke Drake Batherson and received a 3 game suspension for it. Was it a fair punishment? The Connors and the Coyotes features the Olympics and the Avalanche, for both categories.Read More →

Jim Matheson had a classic “You smelt it, you dealt it” this week as he accused Leon Draisaitl of being pissy. This week’s solution for the NHL has us developing a plan to fix the trade deadline. We also explore who could be available at this year’s trade date, including Claude Giroux, Marc-Andre Fleury, Alex DeBrincat and John Klingberg. NHL front offices got creative this week signing two former agents to general manager roles, but one was extra special! Our “Connors and the Coyotes” takes us to an awful incident in the ECHL and a fight between Brad Marchand and the Carolina Hurricanes. The PhiladelphiaRead More →

Nick is back with an update on the outdoor rink. It’s time for the maiden skate! Connor McDavid was asked about the Edmonton Oilers signing Evander Kane and he definitely had some thoughts. Arguably too many thoughts. In multiple press conferences. Carl and Nick disagree on Connor’s role in Edmonton. The NHL All Star Game rosters are released. Are there any significant snubs? We have ideas for the league on how to improve the game! Timo Meier and Nick Lidstrom are featured as our best of the week! While the Montreal Canadiens enter the Elimination Station. There are differing opinions on where this team shouldRead More →

Evander Kane was cut by the San Jose Sharks, leading to a grievance by the NHLPA, as well as apparently teams looking to sign him. Where might he end up? Marc Bergevin has a new home with the LA Kings. Why? Rick Bowness had a great coach freakout this week. What is the all-time NHL coach freakout, including Patrick Roy, Marc Crawford and John Tortorella? The Elimination Station is back! And is ready to welcome to Arizona Coyotes to it. What are the best next steps for the Coyotes to return to the playoffs? Our “Connor and the Coyotes” has us visit Cale Makar breakingRead More →

We are back and ready to look back at everything that happened during the holiday break! The NHL has a real problem with how they’re handling COVID. And that is that they have cancelled almost every game in the second half of December. Their solution: Skip the Olympics. And that leads us to have positive things to say about Brad Marchand. 2022 is starting off weird! Not only has the NHL had to cancel games, but the games that are happening aren’t exactly the same quality that we’re used to. What can be expected for the rest of 2022? Even the World Junior hockey championshipRead More →

It’s the holiday season and we here at the 4th Line are in a giving mood. We figured we’d share this generosity with the NHL teams and bring a little joy in these turbulent times. As we’re still negotiating a 4th Line merch deal, let’s see what else Santa Gritty has under the tree in the Central Division: Arizona Coyotes Accounts Payable Department: Businesses have had a very difficult time over the last few years. That goes without saying. This has led to teams trying to cut costs wherever they can. However, the Coyotes should not have fired the accounts payable department, as it wasRead More →